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Funding and Job Opportunities

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is seeking a new Animal Law Program Director. The director of the Animal Law Program (ALP) is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing program goals that will advance animal law education and scholarship consistent with ALDF’s overarching organizational strategy and business plan. Additionally, the director is responsible for overseeing ALDF’s collaboration with the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark College; for identifying additional collaborative opportunities with other universities and non-ALDF organizations; and for overseeing outreach and marketing of ALP as the “credible legal expert” in the animal law field. The director is also responsible for managing and leading the staff which comprise the Animal Law Program, and for ensuring the strategic objectives and tactical goals of the Animal Law Program are achieved on schedule and within budget. Furthermore, the director is responsible for working closely with the Executive Director, the Chief Programs Officer and other ALDF Program Directors as a member of the Leadership Team, as well as for facilitating and developing donor relationships with key grantors who support or are interested in supporting ALP and ALDF. Finally, the director is responsible, along with other members of the ALDF Leadership Team, for managing the day-to-day operations of ALDF within the defined strategic and financial envelope established by the ALDF strategic plan, the ALDF business plan, and the ALDF budget. Find out more here:

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens, director of the Canine Cognition and Human Interaction Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is recruiting a PhD student to study human-animal interaction. Projects investigate the effects of interacting with dogs on human cognition and emotion. Previous experience with HAI is preferred. For more information, contact Dr. Stevens at or see The deadline for applications is Dec 15th and the website is:

The UCLA School of Law Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program (“Program”) is pleased to announce that the application submission period is open now and closes at midnight on December 16, 2019. Please forward this email to researchers or academic research departments you think may have interest in this opportunity. This Program is designed to support legal and non-legal empirical scholarship to advance animal law and policy reform.  To learn more about the Program, including previously funded projects, please use this link:

Applications are welcome from any field as long as the potential application of the research to animal law and policy reform is clear. We have a particular interest in fields such as behavioral economics, psychology, including moral psychology, sociology, philosophy, economics, and other social sciences. We value both qualitative and quantitative research, and priority is given to proposals with well-crafted research methodologies. In addition, we are especially interested in empirical research applicable to legal reform focused on animals currently underrepresented in legal animal advocacy, such as animals used in experimentation, animals harmed through pest control or “nuisance wildlife management” activities, and dogs at risk of being classified as “dangerous.” Please be aware that we do not fund any type of research on live animals, and we cannot provide funding to scholars based at institutions outside the United States. We are open to considering collaborative projects with non-U.S.-based scholars, so long as the principal investigator is based at a U.S. institution of higher education throughout the funding period. Supervising professors of graduate student applicants must agree to serve as co-principal investigators. Please email any questions to Dr. Taimie Bryant at and copy on the email.

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